Definition of rollback in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrōlˌbak/


1chiefly North American A reduction or decrease: a 5 percent rollback of personal income taxes
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  • The economic downturn has cast a pall over CEO compensation, but that doesn't mean that CEO pay cuts or rollbacks are in the offing.
  • Emboldened by these developments, corporations began a rollback of worker gains.
  • The construction unions were using their pension funds, which own 5 million shares of Kroger stock, to help fellow unionists draw a line in the sand against health-care rollbacks.
1.1A reversion to a previous state or situation: a rollback to conditions not seen since the open shop days of the 1930s
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  • The change is a major policy rollback by the administration and represents a sharp split with the country's governing council.
  • ‘Emissions rollbacks are being handed out to industries like candy,’ says the former director of regulatory enforcement for the EPA.
  • Another rollback began, however, in 1874, when the Republican state legislature abolished ward elections for the San Francisco school board, and insisted that all board members be elected at large.
2 Computing The process of restoring a database or program to a previously defined state, typically to recover from an error.
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  • Modeling tables inside of your object means you also have to create a decent locking mechanism, complete with commits and rollbacks - something that most programmers are equipped to do.
  • You may be thinking this process is complicated, but using transactional rollbacks actually is rather easy.


[with object] Computing
Restore (a database) to a previously defined state.

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Syllabification: roll·back

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